National Democratic Institute for International Affairs – Yemen
Tribal Conflict Management Program
Nadwa Al-Dawsari, former student of the Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Nadwa and Humphrey Fellow (2004-2005), visited the Center in February and delivered a talk, “Managing Tribal Conflict in Yemen,” which combined perspective on tribal culture and traditional approaches to conflict managment (tribal customary law) with an analysis of current efforts to reduce violent conflict and to improve economic development prospects in Yemen. Nadwa serves as senior program manager for Yemen’s National Democratic Institute for International Affairs’ Conflict Management Program.
In designing and managing the tribal conflict management program in Yemen, Nadwa helps the Yemeni government and tribal leaders deal with the causes and manifestations of tribal conflict.
She holds an MA in Development Studies from the University of Leeds, England. While at the Bloustein School as a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, she received training and conducted research on conflict resolution and public policy issues. The Humphrey Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education.
The NDI’s “Tribal Conflict Mangement Program” focuses on capacity-building and conflict management in several designated development areas where poverty is intense: unemployment rates are high; illiteracy is rampant; and, overall, there is a lack of basic services. Causes of conflict have to do with land and land-related issues; perceived misallocation of government resources and competition over what resources there are. NDI’s approach, with financial assistance from the USAID, is to conduct research, establish causes, evaluate existing mechanisms for managing disputes and develop ways, with the contributions of citizens, to improve the management of conflict and improve the prospects for economic development by technical assistance and training.
Nadwa Al-Dawsari (with her tribal shiekh colleague)
Pictured are Nadwa with some tribal leaders discussing launching a campaign to revive the old tribal tradition of safe havens to protect schools, students and teachers from revenge killing and conflicts.